Game Notes: No. 4 Nebraska, Iowa

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior Anna Drewry (@annaboom20) and the Boilermakers welcome No. 4 Nebraska to Belin Court for Social Media Night on Friday. The match airs live on BTN at 8 p.m.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior Anna Drewry (@annaboom20) and the Boilermakers welcome No. 4 Nebraska to Belin Court for Social Media Night on Friday. The match airs live on BTN at 8 p.m.
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Oct. 3, 2012

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

The Slate
Friday, Oct. 5 - 8 p.m. vs. Nebraska
Multimedia
TV: Live on BTN; Mike Wolf (Play by Play), Audrey Flaugh (Color)
Radio and Live Stats: purduesports.com

Promotions: Social Media Night - Join us for an interactive experience on Facebook, twitter and on BTN.

Cans for Cancer - Purdue volleyball is collecting canned, non-perishable food items and boxed cereal for local food banks throughout the month of October. The team hopes to collect 100 pounds of food. Fans can drop off items at the team's four home matches or at the volleyball office in Mackey Arena between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

Saturday, Oct. 6 - 8 p.m. vs. Iowa
Multimedia - Video, Radio and Live Stats: purduesports.com

Promotions: $2 admission with Purdue/Michigan football ticket stub.

Cans for Cancer - Purdue volleyball is collecting canned, non-perishable food items and boxed cereal for local food banks throughout the month of October. The team hopes to collect 100 pounds of food. Fans can drop off items at the team's four home matches or at the volleyball office in Mackey Arena between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The No. 12 Boilermakers (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten) take an eight-match win streak and a perfect 4-0 Big Ten mark into this weekend's contests with No. 4 Nebraska and Iowa. Purdue returns 12 players, including five starters, from the 2011 team which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Head coach Dave Shondell is in his 10th season with the team, which was picked third in the 2012 Big Ten preseason poll.

Last Time Out: The Boilermakers moved to 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 1990 with a pair of wins over Northwestern and No. 21 Illinois. Purdue topped the Wildcats in four sets and the Illini in five. Head coach Dave Shondell recorded his 100th Big Ten win against Northwestern.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Ariel Turner paces the Boilermakers with 4.23 kills and 2.60 digs per set, while also serving up a team-leading 19 aces. Outside hitters Annie Drews (2.26) and Catherine Rebarchak (2.18) also add more than two kills per set, while middle blocker Anna Drewry (1.83), middle blocker Kiki Jones (1.75) and outside hitter Val Nichol (1.69) also contribute offensively. Drews is hitting a team-best .389 clip, while five others are hitting .250 or better.

Defensively, libero Carly Cramer has posted 4.16 digs per set, while defensive specialist Amanda Neill (3.22), Turner (2.60), setter Rachel Davis (2.29) and defensive specialist Amanda Miller (1.80) follow. Cramer also has served up 16 aces and Miller has added 11. At the net, middle blockers Kaisley Fisher, Drewry and Jones pace the team with 1.25, 1.06 and 0.95 stuffs per set. Jones also adds 10 aces to the team tally. As a team, Purdue is hitting .264 and has served up 72 aces.

Series Information
Nebraska (Nebraska leads the series 10-5): Purdue won the first four meetings in the series with the Cornhuskers, which began on Oct. 17, 1980. Nebraska took the next 10 meetings from Oct. 14, 1984 to the Oct. 7, 2011, match in Lincoln. The Boilermakers swept the No. 2 Huskers on Nov. 12, 2011.

Iowa (Purdue leads the series 47-19): The Boilermakers won the first 10 meetings in the series with the Hawkeyes, which began on Oct. 28, 1977. Iowa took seven of the next 12 contests, before Purdue launched an eight-match win streak, sweeping each season 1990 to 1993. The Hawkeyes won 11 of the next 20 from 1994 to 2003, but the Boilermakers took each of the next 11. Iowa snapped the streak with a five-set win in Iowa City on Nov. 27, 2009, but Purdue won both contests in 2010 and 2011.

What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top No. 4 Nebraska on Friday ...

• They will move to 14-2 on the season and extend their current win streak to nine matches.

• They will move to 5-0 to start Big Ten play for the third time in program history (also 1990 and 1983).

• They will have beaten a Top 5 ranked opponent for the fifth time since 2010.

• They will have defeated their ninth Top 10 foe under Coach Shondell.

• They will have beaten their fourth ranked foe of the season (also Louisville, Michigan State, Illinois).

• They will improve to 270-145 all-time when playing in the month of September, including a 7-4 mark when playing on October 5.

News About Nebraska
At First Glance: The No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-2, 3-1 Big Ten) bring a three-match win streak into West Lafayette on Friday. Nebraska returns eight letterwinners, including six starters, from the 2011 squad which posted a 25-5 record, won the Big Ten title and advanced to the NCAA second round. The Huskers are coached by John Cook, who is in his 12th year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Huskers went 2-0 last weekend, sweeping No. 24 Michigan State and topping Michigan in four sets.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Gina Mancuso leads a group of four players averaging more than two kills per set. Mancuso has put down 3.43 kills per set, followed by outside hitters Hannah Werth (3.00) and Morgan Broekhuis (2.95) and middle blocker Meghan Haggerty (2.17). Haggerty leads all hitters with a .404 hitting percentage and puts up a team-leading 1.20 blocks per set. Middle blocker Hayley Thramer also aids the team at the net with 1.09 blocks per set. Mancuso has served up a team-best 12 aces, while Broekhuis has added 10 aces.

Werth paces the defense with 3.33 digs per set, while setter Lauren Cook (3.22), libero Lara Dykstra (2.88) and Mancuso (2.35) follow. Cook also averages 11.22 assists per set and adds 10 aces. As a team, Nebraska is hitting .296 and has served up 50 aces.

An Inkling About Iowa
At First Glance: The Iowa Hawkeyes (8-9, 0-4 Big Ten) look to snap a five-match losing streak and gain their first Big Ten win against Indiana on Friday. Iowa returns 10 letterwinners, including four starters from the 2011 team which went 11-22 and finished 11th in the Big Ten. Iowa is coached by former Purdue player Sharon Dingman, who is in her fifth year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Hawkeyes fell to Michigan and No. 24 Michigan State in sweeps last weekend.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Alex Lovell leads the Hawkeye offense with 3.13 kills per set, while also adding 2.27 digs per set and 13 aces to the team's totals. Outside hitters Rachael Bedell (2.73) and Erin Radke (2.31) and middle blocker Chante Thompson (2.05) also add more than two kills per set. Thompson is hitting at a team-best .254 clip.

Defensively, libero Bethany Yeager leads the team with 4.88 digs per set, while also adding eight aces. Setter Nikki Daily (2.88) and Lovell (2.27) also aid the defense. Dailey also dishes out 9.49 assists per set and has served up a team-leading 18 aces. Middle blocker Alessandra Dietz leads Iowa at the net with 0.85 blocks per set to go with 1.80 kill per set average and 14 aces. As a team, Iowa is hitting .170 and has served up 71 aces.

Among The Nation
The Boilermakers rank among the nation's top 50 in winning percentage (14th with .867) and hitting percentage (26th with .264). Individually, Ariel Turner ranks 22nd in points per set (4.92) and 27th in kills per set (4.23), while Annie Drews ranks 33rd in hitting percentage (.389).

Poll Position
The Boilermakers climbed one spot to No. 12 in this week's AVCA Coaches Poll. Last week, Purdue was ranked 13th.

On August 27, the team was ranked seventh, a listing which tied the highest ranking in program history, matching the No. 7 listing from Nov. 14, 1983. Purdue was ranked No. 9 in the 2012 Preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, marking their highest starting listing in program history.

This week's ranking is Purdue's 121st all-time since the AVCA polls began in 1982, including preseason and postseason listings.

Purdue was listed among the Top 10 in six straight polls from Nov. 7, 2011 to Aug. 27, 2012 ¬¬- its longest stay there since 1983 (eights straight polls: Sept. 26 to Nov. 28).

Turner Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner was named Big Ten Player of the Week Oct. 1 for her efforts in wins over Northwestern and No. 21 Illinois. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year paced Purdue with 4.89 kills per set and added 2.89 digs per set, 0.40 blocks per set and an ace in the pair of wins, which made Purdue 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1990. The senior moved into fourth place all time in career kills at Purdue with 1577. Turner also handled 14 of her 15 serve recieve chances.

Against Northwestern, Turner narrowly missed a 20-20 effort with 19 kills and 17 digs, while also chipping in three blocks. The double-double was her sixth of the season. Against No. 21 Illinois, Turner put down 25 kills, while hitting at a .364 clip and adding nine digs and an ace.

The Player of the Week honor is the sixth of her career, and first since Nov. 28, 2011.

Small Screen Queens
The Boilermakers are slated to make six television appearances in 2012, including three on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium. The Big Ten Network will air the team's Saturday, Sept. 29 home match vs. Illinois. Purdue will make five showings on the small screen in October, beginning with the Friday, Oct. 5 home match against Nebraska. BTN will then air the Boilermakers' Friday, Oct. 12 match against Penn State in University Park. The squad also will have its Tuesday, Oct. 16 road match with Indiana aired. BTN returns to Belin Court for the Oct. 26 match with Michigan. The following Wednesday, Oct. 31, the Boilermakers will take on Illinois in Champaign, on the network. All six matches will air live on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. ET.

Purdue is 20-26 all-time in televised matches dating to 1995, including a 4-1 mark in 2011.

BTN.com will stream all three of Purdue's Mortar Board Premier matches, the UAB match on Sept. 14, the Michigan State match on Oct. 27, and the Ohio State and Penn State matches, Nov. 16 and 17. The remaining home slate, not airing on Big Ten Network or btn.com, will be streamed on purduesports.com.

Giant Slayers
Up until Oct. 8, 2010, Purdue had not beaten a Top 5 ranked opponent in 37 tries. On that date, the Boilermakers toppled No. 4 Penn State, snapping a 42-match skid against the Nittany Lions. Purdue followed that win up with a sweep of No. 1 Florida on Dec. 10 to earn its spot in the Elite Eight. The Boilermakers added two more historic wins in 2011, taking down No. 5 Illinois on Nov. 2 and No. 2 Nebraska on Nov. 12. Under coach Dave Shondell, Purdue has defeated 30 ranked opponents, including seven in 2011, and eight ranked in the Top10.

Tracking The Boilermakers
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